Friday, March 4, 2022

The Shepherd and the Horned Girl Guest Post and Giveaway


The Shepherd and the Horned Girl

by Breanna Bright

Genre: Fantasy Horror 

Ivas Sbarg has seen a monster...

In the small seaside Scottish town of Loch Lomond, an eerie fog rolls in. The locals know it. They know dark things hide in it. They know the fog is growing thicker...

When Ivas enters the fog to find a missing girl, he comes upon the knowledge that something much worse than the monster-filled mist is coming for them all.

And it hungers…

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“Listen to me, little human, The Dead God consumes and
destroys. He feels the little spark of belief you humans have
for him. Yes, even your fear and superstition are enough to
draw him. When he comes, the seas will flee, the light will
die. Everything will decay under his touch. You will go mad
at the sight of him. Your bones will crumble along with the
stones of your houses. He is not a god of death, he is not an
employee of Hades or Hell, he is simply…dead. And all will
die with him.” 

How did you become an author?

I started writing pretty young, around thirteen years old. I wrote out a 20,000-word story on yellow legal pad, so my dad fixed up a 1998 Toshiba laptop for me. It had a word processer and solitaire, that was it. I wrote more stories, printed them out, put them in manila envelopes and sent them off to presses (the addresses for which were in the back of a Publishing for Dummies book). I never got an acceptance letter, but I kept at it all through high school and college, and while getting my Master’s degree in English I finally got lucky and got picked up by Permuted Press. Short stories followed until I had a decent list of publications, and now I’m the latest edition to Red Empress Press.

What literary pilgrimages have you gone on?

I love to travel. In 2019 we took a trip to Sleepy Hollow, New York, home of Washington Irving and the famous Legend of Sleepy Hollow. It’s my favorite short story of all time, and we went in October, right before Halloween. It was a dream come true for me, seeing the cemetery, the bridge, and Sunnyside, Mr. Irving’s eclectic house. Being surrounded by autumn color in the Hudson Valley was beautiful, and it was all topped off by the Halloween parade in Tarrytown.

What inspired you to write this book?

The Shepherd and the Horned Girl was inspired by a piece of art my significant other created. He brought home this intriguing creature, which he called Spwizard, created from felt. It wore a cloak, so all you could see were these long spider-like legs. It carried bags with little scrolls and bells. I immediately felt that this creature had a story, so I started to write, and he became The Messenger.

Why is your book a must read?

I think this book would be enjoyed by people who love stories. Obviously, we all love stories, but Shepherd and the Horned Girl is about folklore, tall tales, mythology. It’s about the stories we tell each other, and how we become a part of them.

Top 10 Favorite Books (in no particular order)

  1. John Dies at the End by David Wong

  2. Johan Cabal the Necromancer by Johnathan Howard

  3. Hogfather by Terry Pratchett

  4. Dante Club by Matthew Pearl

  5. Landline by Rainbow Rowell

  6. The Bear and the Nightingale by Katherine Arden

  7. The Singular and Extraordinary Tale of Mirror and Goliath by Ishbelle Bee

  8. The Southern Book Club’s Guide to Slaying Vampires by Grady Hendrix

  9. Neverwhere by Neil Gaiman

  10. The Legend of Sleepy Hollow by Washington Irving

Breanna Bright is the author of many paranormal books, as well as short stories in various genres. She grew up in the backwoods of Missouri where she was inspired to write at a young age. Hollow trees, creek beds, and frog eggs were the sources of her early stories. Breanna holds a Master's degree in English, and has several publications in the independent market. When she's not writing she's traveling and looking for new adventures to inspire her.

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1 comment:

  1. Thanks for the great interview. This book sounds fascinating. Love the cover.


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